Chrysler recalls 840,000 vehicles

Most of the vehicles affected are in North America.

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Chrysler's Jeep model. Credit: Getty Images.

Automaker Chrysler Group is recalling about 840,000 vehicles in the US, Canada, Mexico and outside North America due to possible problems in air bag software and head rest components that were produced by TRW Automotive Holdings.

The recall, which includes 282,000 minivans and 490,000 cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), was primarily due to three incidents and one minor injury as a result of airbag issues.

The automaker, however, said it is not aware of any accidents caused due to head rest problems.

Eric Mayne, a spokesman of Chrysler, said that the recalls are “an indication of our aggressive quality-control protocol.”

The company, which is majority-owned by Italian automaker Fiat, said that most of the vehicles recalled are in North America.

Affected models of the company include Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, Ram Cargo Van, Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro SUVs, and Jeep Liberty.

Chrysler, in a statement, said: “The potentially faulty microcontrollers were installed in a supplied component. They entered the supply chain after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a worldwide microcontroller shortage.”

In its filing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Chrysler said it will upgrade the occupant restraint control module in the affected models without charging from customers.

Last month, the company recalled 2.7 million older-model Jeeps, citing incidents of fire in fuel tank.